Las Vegas Film Society

The Mexican

Romantic comedy/comedy
RATED R
Violence and language

Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Written by: J.H. Wyman
Starring: Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini

The Mexican finally puts two of Hollywoodís biggest stars together in one movie, but separates them for almost two-thirds of the film. So, if your going in expecting a full two hours of Pitt and Roberts together, then some of you might not like it. I donít mind it that much because thatís what the movie is about, they being separated.

Pitt(James) plays a man trying to recover a legendary and cursed gun, ĎThe Mexicaní and bring it back in the hands of his demanding mob boss. While James is in over his head in recovering the gun and dodging the other people who want the gun for themselves, Roberts(Sam) is over in Las Vegas, trying to start her life without James. Little to her surprise, James Gandolfini(Leroy) is waiting to kidnap her and take her hostage in exchange for the gun.

Leroy and Sam spend most of the movie bonding and sharing each otherís thoughts. Much of the Mexican isnít really exciting, and doesnít present itself with a lot of laughs. Roberts does come off somewhat annoying, and Pitt doesnít bring anything new to the movie. James Gandolfini is the only actor that seems to redeem the movie.

There is a nice surprise cameo of another major star that might bring a smile to some peopleís faces. Also, the ways that some of the characters tell the fables of the legendary gun are also somewhat amusing. There isnít much else that can make this movie memorable or for a repeat viewing.

In closing, I think this could have been a great Romancing the Stone for 2000, but lacked the comedic and romantic elements. Basically, I can only recommend this to people who want a tolerable date movie, or who want to see Roberts and Pitt together in a movie, even though they donít share that much screen time together.

-John Steffens


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